I experienced emotional eating too!
When this used to happen to me, I usually thought that there was something wrong with me and that my body was defective because it craved food too often. I thought that I was weak and that nobody else ever did this.
Now, I’m glad to know that I was wrong and there is a way of healing this kind of relationship with food.
Emotional eating is not a habit to be broken, not a disease to be treated, not a lack of discipline or weakness to be strengthened, or a way that your body is letting you down. It is a process in which your mind and body is trying to communicate with you.
Your body is trying to tell you that something is out of balance.
Why the Traditional Approach to Emotional Eating Doesn’t Work
We need to be aware that emotional eating happens to most of us. This phenomenon can strike at any time when you find yourself eating for reasons other than satisfying actual physical hunger. But how do you stop emotional eating?
Like most women, I used to believe in the traditional approach to overcoming emotional eating and food cravings by practicing self-discipline and determination to avoid food, just like a restrictive diet. However, no matter how much restriction I imposed on myself, I still turned back to emotional and binge eating. So why does the traditional approach not work?
The #1 reason why the traditional approach doesn’t work is because we do not having the right understanding of what emotional eating really is. This is the problem with dieting – diets don’t work because they focus on food and restriction which move us further away from listening to our body.